Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Tuen Mun Part 1

Sheltered by mountains and close to the Pearl River's exit to the South China Sea, Tuen Mun was a fishing village during imperial times. In the 1960s, the government decided to transform this outpost into a new town to house an expanding city. This new town was built on reclaimed land from Castle Peak Bay with an expected population of 649,000 residents.

Tuen Mun was a remote new town and for many years was only linked to the city by a coastal highway that opened in 1983. Its traffic jams were infamous and the transport problem lingered until West Rail opened in 2003 to link up all the northwestern new towns.

Siu Hong Court is in the northern part of the new town and consists of 20 public housing blocks from the early 1980s.

Tai Hing Estate's 7 blocks date from the late 1970s and is home to almost 20,000 people.

Although initially designed to be housing for the suburban poor, there is some middle class private housing to mix the demographics a bit.

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